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A recurring collections of news stories that confirm we are living in the "Crazy Years"

How do you control an erupting volcano?
CATANIA, Italy (Reuters) - Rivers of boiling lava poured down Mount Etna Sunday, engulfing small buildings and threatening a mountain lodge after a series of earthquakes awakened Europe's highest and most active volcano.
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Catania's airport was shut until Monday morning for safety reasons after a think blanket of volcanic ash gathered on the runway.
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The volcano, Europe's highest at 10,900 feet, pumped out huge dark clouds of ash and spurted streams of boiling magma 300 to 600 feet into the air.

More than 15 hours after the first eruptions, an immense mushroom-shaped cloud still hung over the mountain top, and in Catania, city workers were sweeping thick layers of ash from the streets.

Three tongues of lava were seen snaking down the mountain from fissures at a height of around 7,545 feet to 8,200 feet. Cracks were also found at about 4,900 feet but no lava activity was reported at that altitude.
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The heaviest flow was descending on Piano Provenzana, a popular area for tourists to take mountain walks in summer and for skiing and other activities in the winter.

The flow pushed over ski-lift pylons, knocked down power lines and swallowed a ski-school hut before surrounding an empty mountain hotel and lodge. Officials said no one was injured.

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"The situation in Catania is completely under control and our city is not threatened in any way," [Mayor] Umberto Scapagnini said.

Yeah, sounds like it....

Don't you know who I am?
It seems Bill misses the perqs of the presidency. Or maybe not:
Bill Clinton created quite a stir recently down in Little Rock, when he showed up at a popular eatery with a party of 12, found the table he wanted already occupied and had an aide demand that the seated party be moved. The offending diners agreed once they realized who wanted their seats.

"You'd think he'd be nice enough to thank them, or perhaps send us back a little something to show his gratitude," says a diner who witnessed the turn of events. "They got nothing, and then Clinton was so busy talking on the phone and socializing, I don't know that he even ate anything."

I thought this was a bad joke!
Dog shoots man in hunting accident

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. — Pheasant season took an ugly turn for Michael Murray when he was shot by Sonny, his year-old English setter pup. Murray, 42, was hunting in western South Dakota on the first day of the season last Saturday. He said he was lining up a photo of the seven birds his hunting party shot in the first hour. A loaded 12-gauge shotgun lay on the ground near the frisky dog. "He stepped on the gun and it went off," Murray said. "At first I didn't know what happened. I got that blinding flash of pain and I sat down. Blood was pumping out of my ankle." His brother-in-law quickly tied a tourniquet above Murray's right boot. They drove to a relative's house and a half-hour later, an ambulance took Murray to a nearby hospital. After 15 stitches and a night in the hospital, Murray is on course for a complete recovery


Wimpy Dem cries as Lamar! shakes his hand
Grip'N'Grin Gets Ugly

DICKSON, Tenn. - Politicians don't normally get into trouble for shaking hands. But Republican Senate candidate Lamar Alexander is accused of shaking a little too hard when he encountered a protester.

The police chief in Dickson says the two men had to be separated "before it got out of control."

Officials say Paul Hunton attended a GOP rally and slipped Alexander a fake dollar bill bearing Alexander's picture. The bogus bills -- being distributed by a Democratic opponent -- carry the words "in greed we trust."

Hunton claims he didn't realize the dollar bills were in his hand -- and he says Alexander lost his temper.

Police say the result was a "hand-gripping contest."

Complaining of a swollen finger, Hunton filed a police report.

Alexander says Hunton gave him a "firm handshake" so he replied in kind. Alexander insists he "was trying to be polite."


If snookums can't handle the grip of an old man, then maybe snookums shouldn't pretend to be a man.
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